Buccaneers CB Talib suspended 1 game

Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib will miss the Buccaneers’

regular season opener after being suspended one game without pay

for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

The third-year pro also was fined one additional game check

stemming from Talib punching a cab driver in August 2009. The

suspension was announced Tuesday, two days before the club’s

preseason finale at Houston.

Talib will sit out the Sept. 12 opener against Cleveland and

will be eligible to return to the active roster the following

day.

The 24-year-old initially was charged with resisting arrest

without violence and simple battery. He later reached a pre-trial

intervention agreement on the simple battery charge.

”Since last fall, Aqib has done all that’s been asked of him

and more, on and especially off the field,” Bucs general manager

Mark Dominik said in a statement. ”We look forward to his return

to the field in Week 2.”

Arguably the team’s best defensive player, Talib was a

first-round draft pick in 2008 and led the Bucs with five

interceptions last season.